Demonstrates in a positive fashion that integrated communities can and do work. Exposes the property value fallacy and makes an appeal to reason and democratic principles. An examination of what happens in a community when a Negro family stops in front of a 'FOR SALE' sign. Dramatizes the unreason and prejudice which bar a solution to the integration problem in housing.
Reviewer:Rick Prelinger -
December 3, 2012 Subject:
Part of the Dearborn Public Library
This film wasn't made in Dearborn, but it was in their public library collection of films available for free loan. Jim Limbacher, longtime media librarian, was an open-minded and courageous individual who assembled a great collection containing many films that Mayor Hubbard would certainly have disapproved of had he seen them.
December 2, 2012 Subject:
The more things change....
I well-intentioned film promoting housing non-discrimination. Ironic too, given that it is a presentation of the Dearborn, MI public libraries.
Throughout the 20th Century, Dearborn was among the
most rigidly segregated northern cities. In 1960,
Dearborn had a population of 118,000 of whom fewer than 25 were black. The Mayor when this film was made, Orville Hubbard, was an out-and-out racist
whose bigotry rivaled anything seen in the South---and kept being re-elected until well into the '70s. Ironic also because, while Hubbard and his
minions kept out blacks, despite the fact that Dearborn adjoined Detroit, the city eventually became the home of America's largest Muslim population and remains so to this day.